Charles Pic has declared himself happy after his return to an F1 cockpit on day one of the post-Spanish Grand Prix test.
Pic took a surprising second on the timesheets on a day where adverse air and track temperatures wreaked havoc with the teams intensive testing-programmes, not to mention Pirelli’s own tyre-programme.
But the Lotus reserve driver continued the team’s recent upturn in form after a difficult first four races, and said he was happy to be back.
“The morning was not ideal as it was raining so we were not able to start our programme,” he said. “After it got better during the day, for myself it was a bit longer without driving since Brazil so I was happy to be back [in the car].
“It took me a few runs as there’s lots of change compared to last year – the power unit is different and the feeling you have on the pick-up and the throttle transition is different so you need some time to get used to it.”
Speaking of the new-for-2014 Renault powertrain, the 24-year-old spoke of the attention to detail needed compared to the 2013 Caterham he stepped out of at the end of last season.
“A bit more [difficult] on the power unit as you have to take car when you charge, when you don’t charge, when you want to deliver the energy and take and optimise all these parts. It took me a few runs as there’s lots of change compared to last year.
“But it was fine. No problems, a good day.”
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